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Beautiful Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is located appx 40 km south-east of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. It is surrounded by Port Phillip bay to the west, Western Port bay to the east and Bass Strait to the south

Around 135,000 people live on the peninsula, on its western shorelines which are can be regarded as outer suburbs of greater Melbourne. During the summer months, the population can swell to around 250,000 people

The peninsula is a local tourist region, with popular attractions such as the variety of beaches both sheltered and open-sea and many scenic sights and views. Other popular attractions include wineries, restauraunts, accomadation, mazes and the diverse array of water sports made available by the vast beaches and calm waters of Port Phillip and Western Port bay

The Mornington Peninsula is a favourite holiday destination for residents of Melbourne. Popular tourism times include long weekends such as Cup Weekend and Queens Birthday, Easter weekend,the week involving Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years, with the months of December and January being the peak tourist period

Attractions recreational

Sandy, safe swimming beaches on Port Phillip

Surf beaches for those who love to surf and bodyboard

Arthurs Seat - a 305 m high mountain right beside the bay providing
magnificent views of Port Phillip.
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Dromana Drive-in Theatre - one of the last remaining drive-in theatres in Victoria.
HMAS Cerberus - military base, historical buildings, museum and decommissioned Oberon class submarine
Red Hill Market and other monthly local markets
various golf courses
McCrae Homestead,
Boneo Maze & Wetlands - Boneo
Ashcombe Maze (traditional hedge & rose mazes, lavender gardens) - Shoreham
The Enchanted Maze Garden - Arthurs Seat

Hang gliding - On the steep cliffs of the south-west coastlines. Particularly near Portsea, Rye and Sorento.
kite surfing along safe beaches
Skiffleboarding - Particularly on the flat beaches
Surfing - On the south-west coastline on Bass Strait. Particularly at Gunnamatta, Sorrento, Portsea and Point Leo Surf Beaches.
Fishing - Mostly hobby fishing off piers and in beaches on Port Phillip. Also great fishing if access to a boat and or go out on a local charter
Sailing
Scuba diving - Particularly at Mornington Pier, Rye Pier, Blairgowrie Pier, Portsea Pier & Portsea Hole and Flinders Pier. Diving tours for Port Phillip and Bass Strait depart from Portsea. A remarkable variety of diving environments including wrecks, reefs, drift dives, scallop dives and seal dives
Running & Cycling - Popular along the Nepean Highway as it follows the coastline on Port Phillip

AND MANY MORE..........

Dining and Accomodation

There are many fine restaurants, cafes, eateries and function venues on the Mornington Peninsula. there are over 50 wineries including cellar door openings with tasting of both wines, brew and food.
Mornington Peninsula caters to a wide range of tastes and budgets. including wineries, cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels and shore front eateries.
Throughout the Mornington Peninsula is an array of accomodation to suit everyones needs including hotels, motels, caravan parks and upmarket stays.

I will be photographing and reviewing many of the great activities, dining and accomodation options along the peninsula.

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  • In a nutshell:Beautiful and fun for individuals, tourism and for the whole family
  • Last visit to Mornington: Dec 2011
  • Intro Written Jan 30, 2012
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